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Time to Write the Rules for Cyber and Drone Challenges

Time to Write the Rules for Cyber and Drone Challenges

February 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm

CNN 02/03/14 By Michael Shank and Des Browne Editor’s note: Des Browne is the former U.K. Secretary of State for Defense. Michael Shank is the associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. The views expressed are their own. Iran has begun implementing the Joint Plan […]

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Schools, Not Casualties

Schools, Not Casualties

December 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm

ALBANY DEMOCRAT-HERALD 12/18/13 By Ray Kauffman The Oct. 25 issue of U. S. News and World Report has an article titled “Books on the Ground, Not Unmanned Robots in the Sky,”  written by Michael Shank, director of foreign policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and adjunct faculty at […]

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Drones Strikes in Pakistan Are Hurting America

Drones Strikes in Pakistan Are Hurting America

October 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 10/25/13 By Michael Shank Irrespective of the latest reports on possible collusion between U.S. and Pakistani spy agencies, Amnesty International’s newest report on the unlawful American drone killings in Pakistan – that kill more civilians than the White House admits and could amount to war […]

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Barack Obama’s Africa Trip Misses Military Mission Creep on Continent

Barack Obama’s Africa Trip Misses Military Mission Creep on Continent

June 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

HUFFINGTON POST 06/22/13 By Michael Shank and Cassidy Regan This week, as President Barack Obama travels to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, he will miss much of America’s mission creep into the African continent. Not merely in the more obvious military interventions into Libya, Mali or Somalia, or military bases […]

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America Must Rethink the War on Terror

America Must Rethink the War on Terror

May 24, 2013 at 3:17 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 05/24/13 By Michael Shank and Matthew Southworth As President Barack Obama defended the nation’s ever-evolving counter-terrorism policy yesterday at the National Defense University and opened the parameters for military action in places outside of the traditional battlefield, the risk of writing into law permission for […]

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Drones Weaken USA’s Moral Might

Drones Weaken USA’s Moral Might

May 24, 2013 at 2:02 am

USA TODAY 05/24/13 By Michael Shank Armed drones, at first blush, are a boon to America’s military toolkit, as President Obama reinforced in his counterterrorism speech on Thursday. Drones, in the short run at least, could mean fewer U.S. troops deployed and fewer American lives lost. Unsurprisingly, the appeal is […]

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Authorization for Use of Military Force: A Blank Check for War Without End

Authorization for Use of Military Force: A Blank Check for War Without End

May 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm

THE GUARDIAN 05/05/13 By Michael Shank and Matt Southworth A handful of Democratic and Republican senators are considering a rewrite of 60 of the most consequential words to ever pass through Congress. The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), passed after the attacks of 11 September 2001, and provides […]

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Rand Paul’s Filibuster Gives Civil Liberties A Rare Washington Moment

Rand Paul’s Filibuster Gives Civil Liberties A Rare Washington Moment

March 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm

BUZZFEED 03/06/13 By Rosie Gray WASHINGTON — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s hours-long, multi-senator filibuster of John Brennan’s CIA director nomination has accomplished a rare feat: questions about targeted killing and the drone program have vaulted from the fringes to the forefront of Washington conversation, and it’s lasted nearly an entire […]

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For Reconstruction, Put Libyans to Work

For Reconstruction, Put Libyans to Work

November 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm

ROLL CALL 11/01/11 By Michael Shank and J.J. Messner With the excitement about Moammar Gadhafi’s downfall beginning to fade, Libya’s new management has begun governing and reconstructing the war-torn nation. Plenty of attention is being paid to the governance angle: Is the National Transitional Council a legitimate, representative body? When […]

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Obama, McCain Don’t Grasp Roots of Pakistan’s Instability

Obama, McCain Don’t Grasp Roots of Pakistan’s Instability

September 12, 2008 at 10:17 pm

THE HILL 09/12/08 By Michael Shank (Regarding article “McCain, Obama applaud Musharraf’s resignation,” Aug. 18.) Have presidential candidates Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) learned nothing from the resignation of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf? Both noted the exit of coup-installed Musharraf should “open the door to cooperation…in the […]

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